Appointment by Pope Francis of Msgr John Kennedy

Appointment by Pope Francis of Msgr John Kennedy

The announcement was made this morning (25th April 2020) that Msgr John Kennedy, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin, has been appointed by Pope Francis as one of two Secretaries to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In a document issued last month, Praedicate Evangelium, on the Roman Curia and its service to the Church and the World, Pope Francis confirmed that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith would comprise two Sections, Doctrinal and Disciplinary, each coordinated by a Secretary who assists the Prefect in the specific area of his competence. Msgr Kennedy has been appointed Secretary with responsibility for Discipline.

‘The task of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith is to help the Roman Pontiff and the Bishops in proclaiming the Gospel throughout the world, promoting and protecting the integrity of Catholic doctrine on faith and morals, drawing on the deposit of faith and also seeking an ever deeper understanding of it in the face of new questions.’ (Praedicate Evangelium, 69).

Msgr Kennedy was ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin in 1993. In 1998, he was invited by Cardinal Desmond Connell to study Canon Law at the Gregorian University in Rome. He began working at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in January 2003 and was made a Chaplain of Honour to the Pope, with the title of Monsignor in 2008. 

In congratulating Msgr Kennedy on his new position we wish him every blessing in this important leadership role in the Church, contributing significantly to the proclamation of the Gospel throughout the world.